James Downey III, J.D.
Mr. Downey, (having resided in San Diego, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Newport, RI; Boston, MA; Raleigh, NC; South Lake Tahoe, CA; Naples, FL; Fayetteville, NC Sacramento, CA and Austin, TX) seemed destined to one day lead a tour company. Private Label Tours, LLC was born in 2016 following his passion and commitment to providing incredible and memorable travel experiences with those who share his fondness for a leisure lifestyle and beautiful iconic destinations.
In his early working years, he held various line positions in hotels, resorts, and restaurants. He is a former member of the U.S. Army Reserve 12th Special Forces Group.
Mr. Downey completed his BA degree and then graduated in 1999 from The McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, CA. He then joined the Land Acquisition department of KB Homes and later worked with them as an independent consultant. This foray into commercial real estate led to an interest in hotel and resort properties and he became SVP for a small brokerage firm in Southern California. He then performed a role as Director of Acquisitions in the south Florida market for Tanner & Haley Destination Club, a private-member vacation club. In 2003, he formed Downey Grand Asset Management, in the San Antonio, TX area, specializing in hotel and restaurant development and management.
Today, he leads Private Label Tours, LLC in developing professional and personal relationships with aficionados and connoisseurs of their craft across the country, and teaming with them to create remarkable vacation experiences for their audiences to enjoy. While centrally based in Austin, Texas, he immensely enjoys traveling continuously to all three coasts to remain informed, and discover new possibilities of local scenes. For the future, he is developing a tour firm, Three Coast Tours, highlighting escorted luxury theme tours there. He is also a lover of colonial American history, sailing, and will finally be taking up golf.